A traditional tea room will be opening soon in an historic York home.
Tony Vickers and his partner Thomas Bojaczuk are transforming 72 Goodramgate into The Old York Tea Room.
This is their first business they are opening together, and between them they have over 20 years of hospitality and retail management experience.
With works currently underway, Tony and Thomas are hoping to open the tea room at the beginning of February.
The building was previously home to the candle shop Born of Botanics, which has relocated to Stonegate.
It is part of Lady Row. Dating from 1316, the Grade I listed building is the earliest row of houses surviving in York, and some of the oldest homes in England.
Tony said: “Being from York myself I am so proud to be help shape York’s identity.
“We wanted to create a space where customers could relax and feel like they are having a treat.
“York is so traditional and the building is so unique that we wanted to reflect that in the ambience and the brand.”
The tea room will be offering a range of loose teas, coffee, soft drinks and special cakes and treats – and of course an afternoon tea too! Savouries like paninis and pies will also be available.
“Whether you’re looking for a hearty pie and mash or a sweet treat we will have you covered.”
“So far the reaction has been very positive. The Facebook page is attracting lots of attention. We feel people have a genuine love for the building.”
For the moment, the tea room will be run solely by Tony and Thomas, however they may employ some staff in the future.
The Old York Tea Room aims to be as inclusive as possible and will be welcoming to all – and dogs will also be welcomed and accommodated for.
“Our hope for the tea room is that we will be a valued part of the community for locals and visitors alike.
“Thomas and I can’t wait to open the doors!”
To stay up to date with The Old York Tea Room, visit their Facebook page here.